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The LDS church has strong links with Britain, with many worldwide Mormons able to trace their family history back to the British Isles: some to the Lancashire town of Preston where much began for the first missionaries. These tours focus on key events and locations important to the LDS faith then, and now.
LDS Preston – the Birthplace of British Mormonism
We follow in the footsteps of the first LDS missionaries to Britain and discover Joseph Smith’s dentist, the cursed stone, the 1842 riot, the powerful Reverend Wilson, Heber C. Kimball’s amazing prophecy, LDS shorthand, and the Deseret Alphabet.
We visit all of the well-known sites including their lodgings (where a host of evil spirits attacked them), the River Ribble (where the first British baptisms took place, the Vauxhall Chapel Site (where they first preached) and the cockpit site (where the first British Conference was held in 1837). We also unveil the poverty, the opposition and the beginnings of the Nauvoo Sunstone.
LDS Ribble Valley
LDS Ribble Valley – In the footsteps of the ‘old prophets’.
We drive through beautiful English countryside and visit the Roman settlement of Ribchester where, on the banks of the River Ribble we hear of secret baptisms and a raging bull. We visit tiny villages and castle towns – all of which have LDS tales to tell.
We find the delightful villages of Chatburn and Downham and relive one of the most touching encounters of Heber C. Kimball’s and Joseph Fielding’s missionary labours; and see where Wilford discovered the charms of fly fishing.
LDS Lake District
LDS Lake District – a day of scenery and inspiration.
We start by visiting the John Taylor sites (third church president) before driving through the famous Lake District. We learn about the saving of the Doctrine and Covenants, the contribution of Shakers & Quakers, the Romney connection, William Wordsworth’s attack, George Washington’s lineage and Ruskin’s words of wisdom.
LDS Hereford – “The field is white…”
This is part one of the discovery of LDS sites made famous by Wilford Woodruff and the United Brethren.
We visit Benbow’s farm, Castle Frome, and Ledbury to meet the likes of the pioneers John & Jane Benbow, and William Carter – Utah’s first ploughman. This is a tale of miracle after miracle.
We follow in the footsteps of Wilford Woodruff, Willard Richards and Brigham Young to the top of Malvern Hill for a very important meeting; plus we get a sense of the influence of these early converts after they emigrate to join the saints in Nauvoo.
This is part two of the Wilford Woodruff and the United Brethren story and explores the Gloucestershire villages he visited.
We meet up with the likes of Thomas Kington – the head of the United Brethren, William Pitt, the musical convert, James Palmer, a remarkable missionary, and many others. The stories on this tour demonstrate the fiaht of these early converts as they witness miracles, and persecution unfold in their tiny villages. Included is a special visit to the restored Gadfield Elm chapel – Britain’s first LDS owned meeting place and an iconic symbol of the United Brethren story.
LDS Liverpool – The Docks
Liverpool served as the arrival point for hundreds of missionaries and the departure point for thousands of emigrants as they gathered to Zion throughout the 19th century. We take a tour around the famous dock area which, besides its LDS history, has had a long association with America (including slaves, cotton, the Beatles, and the claim that the first and final acts of the American Civil War took place here!).
We visit the beautifully restored Albert Docks where we learn more about the life of an emigrant, see the Sea Trek monument and discover a host of famous LDS names.
We experience Liverpool through the eyes of Dan Jones, Heber C. Kimball, Orson Pratt, George F. Richards, Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor and Brigham Young.
LDS Liverpool – The City
In this second part of LDS Liverpool we turn inland to hear a non-member’s description of Orson Pratt, feel George Q. Cannon’s grief, ponder at the arrival of Martin Harris, and delight in Orson Spencer’s unscheduled ‘resurrection’.
We witness a Music Hall conversion, hear Victorian journalist observations, learn of £200 rewards, and sense why John Taylor said “I feel the word of the Lord like fire in my bones.” We visit sites such as 42 Islington, Holly Road, and Edge Hill which have changed beyond recognition, but all once served as the Mission headquarters, emigration office and church printing press.
We also get to see some of the best preserved parts of Liverpool with Georgian and Victorian streets looking pretty much as our early missionaries would have seen them.
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